Zombie Parent

After dropping the twins off at preschool this morning, I drove in the "family vehicle" for about five minutes before I realized something. 

Something that should have been obvious.

Blaring from the vehicle's DVD player for at least 300 hundred seconds as I drove alone was the toddler cartoon Max and Ruby

The theme song played.  The characters talked.  Max was scolded.  Ruby laughed. 

Yet, I was oblivious.

I missed a chance to listen to the news on the radio or pop in some tunes.  Instead, the morning commute featured "Max and Ruby... Ruby and Max..."

I think such an action qualifies me for some type of Zombie Parent merit badge.

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22 comments:

chuckmullis said...

It's pretty sad when you know all of the theme songs from Max and Ruby, The Backyardigans, Dora, & the wonder pets but you couldn't pick any of them out of a lineup (except dora, she is everywhere).
I know all of those theme songs but only because I get them piped into my ears as we're driving down the road.
It is depressing to find that you've been driving for 20 minutes before you realize there's no one back there watching and you've been listening or singing along.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I've been there. Listening to the kids sing along CDs and no one's in the car. Not knowing what the latest hits are because I don't get to hear the radio. For all I knew, the wheels on the bus was in the top 10.

Fortunately those days are gone. Now my kids sing along to Katie Perry, Kesha, and Lady Gaga, much to my hubbie's dismay. He'd rather listen to old (ancient) timers like Neil Young (or as the kids call him, Neil Old). :D

Audrey Allure said...

Haha, my boyfriend's younger sister (who's 4) was singing the pumpkin song repeatedly for weeks one time, and I definitely caught myself humming it.

Diane said...

I choose to think of it as selective hearing.... I tune out what I need to and it all becomes a hummmmmmmm. :O)

Hilary said...

I remember those days well. I miss them.. sort of. :)

Erin said...

I've found myself continuing to watch a preschool show after my kid has left the room, just to find out what happens.

Kristin said...

I don't even remember what it's like not to listen to kiddo stuff in the car! haha

Holly said...

Oh I hate when that happens...I find myself signing along to Camp Rock or Raffi when all alone too.

My Husband's Watching TV... said...

Sometimes I ride in silence my whole ride to work without realizing I don't have the radio on. I think it's our bodies saying we just need "me" time.

MONICA-LnP said...

you probably were even singing along with it too!

secret agent woman said...

Not to worry - when they outgrow it, so will you.

Selma said...

Hahaha. I used to do that with Thomas The Tank Engine. I can honestly say I never want to hear that theme tune again. LOL.

Maxi said...

Prepare yourself Slam. You will still be doin' it when you're a grandparent.

jodeeluna said...

I remember those zombie parent years. Now I have zombie teacher days. Short but sweet post!

Amy Sullivan said...

Yes, zombie parent badge. Love it. Love it even more because I have a Ruby and one of her little friends is Max so I hear that song way more than the average person. . .I'm pretty sure that's not a good thing!

Hope you had a wonderful weekend.

maggsworld said...

Selective deafness?? Brain elsewhere????

Lady Old Soul said...

LOL It's scary, isn't it? That whole zombie driver thing? I can sometimes arrive at a destination after having driven myself there, and not recall a SINGLE DETAIL about the trip! Like car amnesia...yikes! I suppose as things to ignore go, the Max and Ruby theme song is up there. I used to watch that cartoon with my mini munchkin every morning after dropping elder munchkin off at school, and we used to baby-talk the lyrics to each other..."Max and Woobyyyyy, Wooby and Max..." Ah, memories! =) But still, the thought of being cooped up in the car with that song is shudder-inducing, so I'm not blaming you at all for the info blockage. ;)

Bob G. said...

Slamdunk:
Okay, not to (your)self:
ALWAYS check the CD/DVD player before heading out...lol.
The last thing you want to is to be unconsciously humming a tune (forever)...
Bad enough the kids are being indoctrinated subliminally...don't need the parents succumbing as well, eh?

Stay safe.

Candice said...

It cracks me up when Joel whistles...it's always kids music. The other day he was whistling, "Old MacDonald had a farm." I pointed it out to him and we both had a good laugh since he hadn't even realized it!! So, what do you think I should get Joel for Father's Day?? A new baby??! She's due around that time. :)

Dawn said...

Haha...you may as well add my name to the qualifying list as Zombie Parent too than. I think we all need to fess up to these moments-- so we realize we aren't alone;)))

CL Beck, author said...

Ha, you gave me a good laugh with this. I'm long past the parenting stage and still find myself singing Sesame St. songs!

Thanks for a fun post!

Wife of a Crime Fighter said...

Excellent.

I will be singing this theme song in my head for the remainder of the afternoon, most likely.